Iran’s ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations emphasized that the global community should share the burden of fighting against narcotics, pointing to the humanitarian and financial damages that Iran has sustained in the battle against drug trafficking.
“Yesterday, 3 police officers were martyred in Iran in a clash with drug traffickers,” Kazem Gharibabadi said in post on his Twitter account on Thursday, a day after the three police officers were killed and two others were injured in a clash with drug traffickers in the southeastern province of Kerman.
“In the absence of dedicated effort, the Europeans have to go after every gram of narcotics on their streets. Countering world drug problem requires shared responsibility by all,” Gharibabadi added.
Iran, sitting on a major drug trafficking route between Afghanistan on the one side and Europe and the Persian Gulf Arab states on the other side, has been a pioneer in fighting drug trafficking despite losing thousands of its security forces in clashes with drug traffickers as well as the heavy costs of the fight against narcotics.
Last month, Tehran announced that narcotics seizure at Iranian border crossings and airport gateways had increased by 523% in the quarter to May 21 against the same quarter in 2020, Press TV reported.
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